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Ommegang WitteOmmegang Witte

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Witte is our version of the classic Belgian wit or "white" ale. Witte, which is actually Flemish for white, is brewed with malted and unmalted wheat, orange peel, and coriander - offering a refreshing style that showcases the Belgian talent for brewing full-flavored ales that are also light and balanced. It is pale straw in color, slightly hazy from the yeast, and topped with a huge white, fluffy head.

Witte is pleasantly light on the tongue, balanced between malt and wheat sweetness. Hops and spice with a subtle clove note backed by flavors of lemon and sweet orange give way to a dry, crisp, refreshing finish.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased from City Swiggers and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Pretty solid and a beer I'd drink again, but there are at least 3 others in the category I prefer to this (Allagash White, St. Bernardus Witbier and Dogfish Head Namaste).Close call between this and a Hoegaarden.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a cloudy straw/yellow color with lots of sediment floating in the glass. There is a one finger fluffy white head, some of which lasts until the end. Very little lacing; good carbonation.

The smell is earthy and musty. Spices such as corriander, banana and orange peel are present. There is also a thick and heavy wheat and yeast smell.

The taste follows the nose, with the sweet wheat dominating then the taste of orange, some banana and other fruit come in. There is a mouth puckering sourness as well. The spices finish off the taste in a dry finish. Overall not a bad wheat beer but not as good as others I have had.

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Photo of Wilshade
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glassware: Wheat glass
ABV: 5.2%

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw color body with a very thick and fluffy head.

Smell: Strong citrus notes with emphasis on lemon. Very refreshing when breathed in deeply.

Taste: Nicely balanced between the malt and sweetness with a nice citrus acidity.

Mouth feel: Dry and crisp.

Overall: An instant warm weather favorite for me. It goes very well with cold seafood dishes, especially crab.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-hazy beer with a nice looking head
- smell is mostly wheat and yeasty, some citrus and coriander but not overly noticable
- taste is smooth as hell bread flavor with a slight citrus crispness
- slight over carbonation but better than most in this style!
- not my favorite style for flavor but this beer was one of the best in the style i have had!

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Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice thick, slow to subside, off-white head, a little lace, and a hazy yellow color. Aroma is yeast fruit, spice. Flavor loses the spice and there is a nice mild wheat flavor along with the fruit and carbonic tang & a hint of sweet. Very clean and refreshing. Nice brew.

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Photo of classixIII
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light hazy yellow with big white head that didn't stay long but draped some lace on the glass all the way down. Wheat and yeast competeing for the lead in aroma, with orange peel and spices in a back up role. Bready taste with some tartness. Very dry and refreshing. Another great one from Ommegang!

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm a total Ommegang honk and love everything they make. They are the kings of taking on the belgian style in the US. This is a great golden filtered wheat, "witte", beer. No yeast reminisce, dryer than most other wittes out there. Lots of notes at the finish: bitterness, lemon as opposed to orange, floral bouquet. Heavily carbonated.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First beer of an epic beer tasting event paired with the Super Bowl. Going from light to dark, this was the lightest one we had. From the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - This beer is so lightly colored it almost appears to literally be white. Very pale yellow coloring to a completely transparent beer, displays a one finger foamy head that has decent retention and leaves little lacing. Love the packaging, always do with Ommegang products.

Smell - Subdued but inviting hints of wheat, breads, malt, and the spices. A little hint of sweetness in there.

Taste - Just as the description notes, the beer is well balanced between malts, wheats, and bread. The spices make their subdued but noticeable appearance during the drink, and there is a definite banana ester like flavor in there as well, kind of a funky lemon flavoring. Reminds one of a hefe.

Mouthfeel - Clean, dry, crisp. Light bodied, lightly carbonated.

Overall - It's worth your time. Condor recommended and approved. I'm sure there are better witte's out there, but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the light carbonation in the mouthfeel for this beer. Taste is decent, but it comes off a little bland.. It has that clove hint but not much else

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-A very light blonde blond color and looks like a typical witte beer.

S-Strong aroma of citrus, orange and floral.

T-A very low gravity beer so you don't get much of anything from the malt so this style of beer relies on yeast and hops to define the taste profile. A citrus taste plays out with orange and a hint of some grassiness. A very pleasant finish and not overly sweet.

M-So light it doesn't provide the presence as a heavy beer, but it is clean

Overall-A very drinkable beer but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of an Ommegang sampler box.
Pours a very pale yellow.
Very mild orange or lemon aroma.
Again, mild orange or lemon flavor.
Clean and crisp feel.
Probably one of the "lighter" offerings from Ommegang. A very good beer but more suited for Spring or Summer drinking.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

No bottle date

Look - Pours a very pale light golden yellow. Classic white ale color. Frothy head with good bubble distribution, head retention is decent. Very effervescent. Little clinging. 3.25 paws.

Smell - A small hint of orange, slightly musty, slightly herbal. Subdued grassy hop character. Reminds me of a robust AAL, if that makes any sense. 2.75 paws.

Taste - Orange flavor is definitely more pronounced. Coriander is noticed on the finish. Light flavor with just a touch of bitterness. 3.5 paws.

Feel - Very light mouthfeel. Tingle on the tip of the tongue. Very easy drinking. 3.25 paws.

Overall - A decent white ale. Not stellar, but I can't say I've had many stellar white ales aside from Allagash and White Rascal. I suppose I need to take a trip to Belgium. 3 paws.

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Photo of MickeyTheHead
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like the feel of this beer. It has a lot of flavors without killing your pallet seems to hit the back of the tongue with a tingling sensation. I taste a small amount of sulfur and some alcohol but both are matched well with the other flavors present. I was very surprised after pouring to see that the beer was as clear as crystal.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.00] Pours a very light yellow - almost like Mt. DEw. There are fearsome bubbles coming from everywhere. The head starts as large white bubbles at 2 fingers. The bubbles coalesce into a tighter 1 finger head. The bottle lists the ABV (5.2%) and a born on date (6/17/14). The date is *really* hard to read - it is black on black.

S: [2.75] Pungent, spicy, funky. Wheat-y? (is that a word thing?)

T: [3.00] I get strong yeast forward - but maybe that is not really the taste. It tastes like a wheat beer. Maybe some lemon zest late.

M: [4.25] For all of the bubbles and foaming the carbonation and body are just right. Pleasant on the palate.

O: [3.25] I am new to this style. It is something I avoid because I don't like it that much. I am trying to branch out and try new beers. This is a better wheat beer than others I have had. I have a hard time coming up with descriptors for what I am tasting and smelling. I may have to read some other reviews to see if other people's perceptions help me out of writers block.

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Photo of dodge408
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

I keep this around at all times. Quite easily the best model of a Witbier. Expect to smile after your fist taste. You will notice the soft citrus flavor with a crisp refreshingess that's unique. Highly reccomend any witbier fans to try this.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

One of my favorite witbiers. Pours a straw gold with a thin head. The smell was full of really strong grain scents with some sweet fruits like bananas. A little bit of pepper on the end of the nose. The taste was fantastic with those great wheat flavors mixing with light spice and sweetness. A lot of wonderful layers of flavor to this one. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%

Billowing white head on a murky straw body. Lemon and wheat leap from the glass. Notes of floral, spicy, and lightly fruity Belgian esters add complexity. Flavor is fairly earthy, with notes of menthol carrying into a wheat backbone and floral, herbal tones. There's a touch of plastic phenol that becomes lightly bubblegum-like. The finish is dry. Not my favorite example of the style because of the plastic note and lemon focus.

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Photo of argock
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Hotel Indigo (Albany, NY).

A: Slightly hazy yellow with soft 1/2-finer white big-bubbled head with decent retention and a collar of lacing.

S: Very lemony citrus enhanced with a moderately strong clove note and some orange peel, although it is overshadowed by the lemon. The coriander and esters are kind of lost with all the citrus.

T: The flavor is fine but doesn't have the esters of some of the finest examples of this style. The lemon citrus again takes over most of the flavor profile, punctuated by clove and a bit of peppery spiciness, and finished with a fairly severe tartness. There is some herbal and citrus, grassy hopping. None of the more interesting fruity esters are in there, so it comes off as a very lemony wheat ale.

M: The over-light body doesn't help and accentuates the tart character of the finish. While it isn't astringent, it is far from smooth, although it does have reasonably low carbonation.

O: Not a terrible beer, but it is not the type of witbier I enjoy -- more along the lines of Allagash White with a less citrus-enhanced, traditional wheat and spiced flavor with prominent but controlled esters. This brings a little bit of tanginess from the wheat but none of those other components in a too light body.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Very pale yellow body with a hint of haze to it. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising through the body. Huge, foamy white head.

S- Wheat, lemon, banana, bubble gum, some fresh grass.

T- Similar to the aroma. Wheat comes through along with the lemon presence, some banana and bubble gum. Some tartness on the finish.

M- Light, crisp, quenching, medium-high carbonation with that little bit of tartness that lingers behind.

O- A well crafted wheat beer that is light and refreshing.

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Photo of leaddog
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear pale straw with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - Orange peel, coriander, Belgian yeast, clove, wheat, fruity esters, bready malts.

Taste - Very similar to what the aromas suggest. All the flavours are fairly in balance and there's a tiny amount of tartness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate-to-high carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - An easy-to-drink wit with all the traditional flavours in place. Hits the mark on the style, but doesn't really do anything to set itself apart.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

BOD 4/9/14. Slightly hazy golden pour with a nice head. Nice lacing and only normal retention. Nose of Belgian yeast, lemon, orange and spice - probably coriander. Light medium body with a somewhat slick texture. Above average carbonation that imparts a nice effervescence on the finish. Laid back flavor profile that is balanced and has a bit of complexity. It begins with tart lemon over orange, progresses to a bit of spice and ends with a light biscuit cracker. The finish is effervescent and leaves you with a light tart bitterness. A bit more flavor intensity and this would be outstanding.

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Photo of vegassommelier
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a bottle, however I did pour a little in a glass to witness exactly what I would have expected... a hazy glowing golden color with noticeable sediment.
The aromas of dried apricot, lemon zest, white flowers, orange marmalade, vanilla candle wax and banana muffins are most prevalent.
Flavors mirror the aromas with heavy citrus tones, pear liqueur, chamomile and white rose potpourri.
This is a great offering for the hot weather and I feel like I am enjoying every beer that is light and refreshing as the thermometer pushes 100 everyday here in Vegas.
Not the best Ommegang offering, but I would buy it again with the right meal. I would like to try this with some lemon pepper grilled chicken or some pan seared cod with orange/ginger emulsion.
No doubt a quality beer, but Ommegang comes out with so many fantastic offerings it is hard to match your own success sometimes...

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Photo of seedyone
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6/11/2014 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Once again this hits the spot. Smooth rich flavors & textures are the hallmark of this well balanced brew. Just the right hint of citrus & sweetness with a dryness that leaves you not so much WANTING more, but giving it some serious thought. Hard not to draw a romantic parallel and mine is of an attractive blonde that you've just had a serious philosophical discussion with.

Aug 2012 On tap. Looking for something reliable? Your search has ended. Now if we could only get some consistency or stability in D.C. Sequester? Super-committee? Debt limit? Let's have a referendum on the BS limit in Congress. Bartender. Same again. I'm staying right here for the duration. Of what? If you don't know, I won't break your heart & tell you. You deserve better. We all do. Have a Witte.

07/12/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Once again this hits the spot. Smoothe rich flavors & textures are the hallmark of this well balanced brew. Just the right hint of citrus & sweetness with a ryness that leaves you not so much WANTING more, but giving it some serious thought. Hard not to draw a romantic parallel and mine is of an attractive blonde that you've just had a serious philosophical discussion with.
3/28/12 Coming back into season. Great for now but maybe a bit heavy in summer.

12/06/11 Good solid taste. Not a light Witte, but makes this anti-hop guy happy.

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Photo of patpbr
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a pale straw yellow haze with a strong head.
S - Wheat and Belgium yeast.
T - Notice what I got from the nose and added citrus and more complexity.
M - Medium body and a crisp refreshing flavorful finish.
O - Enjoyable style, have enjoyed a couple

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Photo of breakingbland
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a light gold with a hint of champagne color. The small head dissipated quickly to a thin layer.

Aroma: Mainly sour (as expected) with slight sweetness and a hint of spice.

Taste: Like the aroma but with the sweetness elevated. There was a slight suggestion of hoppy bitterness. The sourness was the main component but even so, it wasn't too intense.

Mouthfeel: The beer filled the mouth with a pleasant effervescence with bubbles breaking on the tongue. It has a medium light body.

Overall: This is a light and refreshing beer. I liked the balance between its sourness and sweetness. Witbiers aren't my favorite style, but I love Belgians and almost everything from Ommegang, so it's good to have this as a witbier fallback.

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